FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Greenwich Picturehouse

WHEN: 17/12

Are you a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy? This seventh film in the series builds on the best bits of those and gives you everything you could ever wish for.

Directed, co-produced and co-written by J.J. Abrams this is a reverential updating of the first trilogy which downplays the CGI that so blighted the most recent three films. It’s also a far less radical reboot than Abrams recent reimagining of the Star Trek films.

Episode VII is billed from the off as the search for Skywalker but really it establishes new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley playing a scavenger with a plummy Brit accent which wouldn’t sound out of place upstairs at Downton Abbey) and John Bodega as Finn, a stormtrooper turned good who provides us with backstory about his former clan.

This is also essentially Harrison Ford’s film as Han Solo and the interaction with General Organa (Carrie Fisher, having a much more prominent role than we could ever have hoped for) and returning characters Chewbacca, R2D2 and C-3PO is handled brilliantly. New droid BB8 is as loveable as R2D2 in the original film.

Much here is also an inversion of the first trilogy and new character Rey is at the heart of the story where Mark Hamill’s Skywalker was in the original. It’s an update that will be welcomed by fans of the recent Hunger Games franchise.

There are some major plot twists in The Force Awakens and we won’t spoil those for anyone who has yet to seen it but this film sets up the remaining two films in the latest trilogy brilliantly.

The Force Awakens really is almost as good as the original Star Wars. An observation that seemed so unlikely after the most recent trilogy.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Star Wars. Tickets for Greenwich Picturehouse here.
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